Exhibition Opening |Rare Exports | BASIC NATURE 21.04.16

Exhibition Opening |Rare Exports | BASIC NATURE 21.04.16

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poster BASIC NATURE 126_webBASIC NATURE | Blanca Gortari & Manuel Valmorisco

An exhibition that juxtaposes vibrancy with foreboding, decoration with detritus. Beneath the popping colours of a cheerful continental breakfast and the careful decoration of discarded tree trunks, two narratives of the baser natures of material consumption and corporeal cruelty play out.
This exhibition is the first of the Rare Exports project, which sees 126 exhibit works from emerging European artists in a development of ideas incumbent in the Primary Resource project (2015). This project probes the issue of an increasing lack of spaces for risk taking art across the continent, and the nature of collaboration in an arena where competition for funding is fierce; through residencies, exhibitions and a publication.

BASIC NATURE runs from 21 April to 1st May. 126 is open Wednesday- Sunday 12-6 (or by appointment.)


Death & Breakfast is a series charged with irony. Every picture shows a traditional Chilean breakfast next to the most typical ingredient of them all: La Cuarta; a tabloid draped in morbid headlines, a slap to the face, over-saturated by tales of sex and blood. That’s what we call a real wake-up call.
Painted Trees stem from Gotari’s relationship with the environment, and a need to transgress the limits of the canvas, reusing what has been disposed of to transform it into an aesthetic object.


Blanca Gortari is a poet and an artist whose education in philosophy shapes and informs her work in both fields. Her interest in the knowledge of emotion means her work constellates around the same sensitive area.

Manuel Valmorico began his career as an advertising copywriter. Eventually his library was taken over by photography books, prompting an abandonment of his original career for an arts practice as a photographer. 


La Casa del Arco was founded in 2010 inside a historic building of Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz), one of the most beautiful spanish towns. Like 126, it promotes artistic talent under a non speculative basis, taking no fee from the artwork sold. They aim to be a link rather than a barrier between artists and art lovers.

You can find out more about the exhibition opening here.